Timber Actually has a new store at The Grandstand which supplies wood – mostly from Singapore trees - to residents and wood enthusiasts in Singapore. Yes, you read that right!
Their customers are hobbyists, DIY-ers, wood workers, wood enthusiasts, homeowners, restaurants, cafes and many more. What all of them have in common is that they want to be part of the whole ecosystem: processing and using as much as they possibly can from local trees.
You will have noticed that there are loads of trees here in Singapore. What you probably do not realize is that along Singapore's roads are many trees (including African Mahogany) that are sourced to make premium furniture-grade wood. Local trees are often felled to make way for urban development as well as to keep us safe where they pose a risk to the community. Timber Actually is licenced to gather these fallen logs and bring them to their yard for processing.
Logs are first cut into regular plank sizes and then dried out within Timber Actually's in-house kiln in order to reduce the moisture content of the wood. Kiln drying is a standard practice in wood production mills and serves to efficiently bring the green lumber moisture levels down to "workable" levels. Excess moisture in the wood can cause major issues including warping and twisting.
Once the wood is dried, Timber Actually it can be customized into bespoke pieces for carpenters, DIY-ers, home-based woodworkers and homeowners.
The logs are put through several processes before they are ready to be transformed. The logs will be cut to regular plank sizes. After which, they will be subjected to drying inside Timber Actually's in-house kiln. This is to reduce the moisture content of the wood. Kiln drying is a standard practice in wood production mills and serves to efficiently bring the green lumber moisture levels down to "workable" moisture content levels that will not end in the myriad of problems that can be caused by excess moisture in the wood. These problems include warping and twisting.
With the wood now dried, they are ready for you. Whether you are a carpenter, DIY-er, home-based woodworker, or homeowner, Timber Actually is around to assist.
Ecru, a Singapore-based beauty and lifestyle retailer founded in 2020 has opened its first open-sell environment flagship store at Great World City with a full range of Korean products including clothes, bags, shoes, skincare, body and hair care, in addition to Ecru's own private label.
Ecru, originated in Korea, carefully curates not only trendy but classic and emerging brands to offer the best quality in Singapore.
Bespoke modular interior builder, Kuhlmann International, has recently opened an office in Singapore and is also preparing for its experience centre to be ready in October. Launched in 1923, the German brand, represented by TMB Pte Ltd, specializes in offering a total home solution encompassing kitchens, wardrobes, storage systems, loose furnishings and architectural interior finishes. Plan a visit to The Kuhlmann Experience Centre at Kallang Place in October when it opens and be prepared to be wowed.
With installations all over the world in luxury hotels and private residences, Kuhlmann has built a reputation for timeless and luxurious craftsmanship authenticated by German technology. One of the first cabinetry manufacturers to pioneer mechanized production in Germany, the brand has won numerous accolades for its products which are exported to over 30 countries.
The reputation is rooted in solutions using technology from German engineering and manufacturing merged with Italian design artistry, and a tight all-round quality control system during the manufacturing process. From residential to commercial, some of which are in the top 500 Enterprises , Kuhlmann’s global projects are recognised for its supreme quality. The Kuhlmann brand has made its mark on some of the top names in hotels such as the Empire Hotel (New York), Four Seasons Hotel (Shenzhen), Beijing Four Seasons Hotel and The Emerald Seattle.
The brand’s success is firmly built on the foundation pillars of quality, efficiency and design. Years of research and development have resulted in a strict formulated standard that applies to all products to ensure quality and durability for long-term use. Materials are carefully chosen to complement and withstand design and weather conditions of the customer’s location.
Matched with sleek Italian design, the custom-made modular designed structures and fittings are fabricated off-site at factories in China and Germany, which are then efficiently assembled at the client’s location.
The Kuhlmann brand integrates seamlessly with top German hardware brands like Blum, Hafele and Hansgrohe. Its manufacturing systems are controlled to ensure sustainable raw materials are used and certified for its strict compliance to hazardous substance control and emissions.
In Singapore, work is currently in progress on the Kuhlmann Experience Centre, located at Kallang Place and the estimated date of opening is October 2021. Kuhlmann International is helmed by Simon Chiang, Creative Director and Sonia Anya Tay, Project Director. They both lead a team of designers, engineers, technicians and carpenters to work with developers, home owners and designers from conceptualization to execution.
“We are delighted to launch the Kuhlmann brand in Singapore. German technology is nonpareil the world over and the brand is associated with integrity, timeless quality and uncompromising durability. The Kuhlmann brand will resonate well in the homes of discerning Singapore residents,” said Benedict Choa, CEO of TMB/Kuhlmann International representation.
Baking goods? Check. Baking classes? Check. Pastry Mart is ready to welcome you into their cozy space at Canberra Plaza.
Open daily from 10am to 10pm for all your baking needs, visit Pastry Mart and bake up a storm.
Since its inception in 2000, Pastry Mart has been a Singapore-incorporated company well recognized as specialists in import/export and distribution of bakery and pastry based products/ingredients. Dating way back from its beginnings, the company has never wavered from keeping its partners’ needs at the heart of its trade – the timeless pursuit of exceptional products and ingredients in building businesses.
Today, Pastry Mart boasts of an ingenious team encompassing over 25 years of relevant experience in the industry, bringing together an extensive range of established brands – Rich’s products from U.S.A, Natra Cacao from Spain, Coombe Castle from U.K and Pidy’s from Belgium, just to name a few. Pastry Mart’s base of partners includes hotels, clubs, central kitchens, bakeries, hospitals, educational institutions and airlines.
Nicoline Italia has come to Singapore after thirty years of experience in the pursuit of exclusive design and elevated standards, entirely Made in Italy. After its footprints in Italy and the United States, Nicoline Italia has now expanded to Asia, headquartered in Singapore.
Nicoline Italia boasts an avant-garde prototype laboratory that collaborates closely with internationally renowned designers to produce every piece of sofa, attentive to the finest details to ensure the highest comfort with exquisite design. Every single piece is handmade by our talents from the cut, stitches to the upholstery utilizing their sophisticated techniques and innovation.
Each sofa set is unique, tailor made with your preferred leather and/or fabric, your desired leg and the modular configuration.
Nicoline Italia’s tanneries are highly qualified and certified, providing only “raw leather” (un- treated leather) originated from Europe. It presents itself as a higher quality leather compared to the “raw leather” created in the South America. Particularly, the exposure to the sun and climate factors negatively influence the quality of the South American raw leather.
DANI and MASTROTTO, the tanneries Nicoline Italia uses, are worldwide recognized as amongst the best in the market and are also environmental friendly with ‘zero impact leather’.
Gruppo Dani achieved total CO2 compensation, and is involved in a program of reforestation in partnership with Azzero CO2, an accredited energy service company.
Gruppo Mastrotto, engages an approach that represents the milestone of sustainable development based on all actions of environmental, social and economic responsibility.
Leathers are tanned without the use of heavy metals in compliant with the law ISO 15987 that establishes a 0.1 % of maximum quantity of chrome allowed during the process of tanning.
The craftsmanship of leather is totally made in Italy and the tanneries are certified as “Leather from Italy Full Cycle”.
View Nicoline Italia's gorgeous sofa collections at their new showroom located at Level 6 Chevalier House, 23 Genting Road.
Marks & Spencer, the iconic British retailer, has relaunched its Wheelock Place outlet and also recently opened a new store at 313@Somerset bringing an even bigger and better range of clothing, food and home products to fans in Singapore.
The revamped Wheelock Place outlet offers a contemporary look and feel, with all-new interiors designed around an optimised shopping experience. The store’s design showcases the very best of the British brand: over 3,800 premium food products including its top-sellers and all-time favourites in addition to over 1,000 chilled food products as well as fresh fruits and vegetables; a full range of home products and the much- loved clothing range.
The new 8,000 square feet Food Hall at M&S Wheelock Place is its biggest ever in Singapore, and will highlight the outstanding quality and freshness of M&S food. This revamped space offers foodies access to the best of M&S’ mouth-watering food with the addition of over 500 new chilled lines focusing on cheeses, deli, fruits, yogurt and fresh vegetables. Over 3,800 food products are now available in store, including:
M&S’ popular chilled prepared meals inspired by popular world cuisines such as Indian, Chinese and Italian as well as staples like pasta, rice and noodles;
British favourites including Scottish Smoked Salmon, Beef & Lamb expertly sourced for M&S from farms in New Zealand, Cheddar Cheese, Shortbread, Scones and Crumpets;
A new cheese barge will also showcase the retailer’s best cheese selection ever, with new and improved cheeses handpicked from Europe’s best cheesemakers and added to the existing range, including Marmite Cream Cheese, Luxury Smoked Cheese and Bavarian Smoked Cheese; Matching your cheese with the amazing new wine range ‘Found’ that uncovers hidden treasures from the world.
Homegrown fragrance brand, Scent by SIX, has launched an open- concept scent bar at Jem mall in Jurong East. With its two other boutiques located at Bugis Junction and 313@Somerset in central Singapore, this new presence in the west enables Scent by SIX to reach out to a wider community.
In conjunction with its foray into the western shopping enclave, Scent by SIX will be introducing a new scent collection: Sleep, Returns. The calming scent is infused with fragrance intelligence, ‘Sleep Accord’, by Japanese Fragrance House, Takasago. Data from a global study of ‘Sleep Accord’ indicated a positive experience for its panellists, with improvement in sleep quality and duration.
With a prime spot at the entrance of Jem mall on the first level, the new scent bar welcomes shoppers to discover its collection of home and personal fragrances created over the past years since its launch in July 2016.
To optimise the customer experience, touch points were identified for an ergonomic flow. In terms of the ambience, the idea of wellness and care is similarly showcased in the new space as it was at the 313@Somerset boutique. The appointed designer, Clara Yee, Creative Director of In The Wild explains the design concept: “The new scent bar by Scent by Six is an open and fluid space with a porous boundary, allowing guests to stumble upon and wander through the space that sits at a busy intersection at the entrance of Jem. The palette of soft sandstone pink, textured stucco walls, and luxurious brass, balance earthly tactile comfort with a touch of sophistication. Just like the flagship Somerset boutique, the scent bar at Jem exudes a home-like hosting experience, creating islands over which to have conversations, linger and discover the scents.”
While the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has brought upon challenges such as the temporary closure of Jem mall in May, which delayed renovations for the scent bar, Jason Lee, Founder of Scent by SIX remains optimistic. “There is no better time to take the leap of faith and expand the business than now. Moving forward, running a business in this climate will be the new normal. We have complete faith that our government will manage the situation well and continue to support local businesses sustainably,” he opines.
In keeping with its mission to use its scents to heal, soothe and delight one’s mental wellness, Scent by SIX introduces its latest scent, Sleep, Returns. The design for this collection draws inspiration from the Six of Swords tarot card. It depicts a state of transition, leaving behind what was familiar and moving towards calmer waters by moving forward. “Sleep is a fundamental human need and a good night’s rest is essential to maintaining our mental health. We understand the struggles of those who are not having a good night’s sleep. With our new scent collection, we bring them hope for better sleep,” says Jason.
As it did last year with its uplifting scent, Hikaru, Scent by SIX will be donating S$10,000 from the sales of Sleep, Returns to the Singapore Association for Mental Health (SAMH). Through this partnership with SAMH, Scent by SIX aims to raise awareness of mental health issues, particularly depression, and the importance of taking care of one’s mental wellness. The funds will be donated to the association to help individuals with mental health issues.
In August 2021, Singapore Airlines announced its collaboration with Scent by SIX in creating its signature scent, Batik Flora. The scent includes floral notes from six flowers in SIA’s batik motif: aquatic ginger, common dianella, seashore purslane, simpoh lak, utania nervosa and white kopsia. Batik Flora by Singapore Airlines will be progressively introduced at key customer-facing SIA locations from October 2021, starting with the SIA Service Centre at ION Orchard. Customers will also be able to enjoy this signature scent at SIA’s redeveloped SilverKris Lounge at Singapore Changi Airport terminal three. Batik Flora will be available in a collection of reed diffusers, pillow mists, and an eau de toilette fragrance. The collection will be sold exclusively on KrisShop.com from October 2021.